Sponsors update and thankyou

16 May 2014

Good Afternoon to all our Club Sponsors. We trust you and your organisations and business' are having a good year.

Your generous support is much appreciated, and is vital to the ongoing operations of our large St Bernards Football Club.
The club wanted to give you an update, on what is happening on and off the field at St BernardsFC, and the sort of activities and program your are supporting.

With Auskick, 12 junior teams and 6 senior club teams, over 650 players run out for the club each week.

The on and off field logistics in fielding all these teams/players is a significant operation, and we can only provide on field sporting and off field personal development opportunities, with strong community sponsorship support, so thanks once again.

Onfield : Auskick has bounced out of the blocks with strong participation and under enthusiastic coaching and parental support, some 140 youngsters are having a ball on saturday mornings. The Junior club is likewise working hard to provide the best possible environment for players to improve and have fun. All teams and players are doing well with many showing material improvement from last year. The Senior club is now in its 51st year of operation and the third year of a new development plan, and results are starting to reflect all the work being done behind the scenes. The senior coaching panel expertly lead by Anthony Rock, manages 6 teams, and all 6 are top four in their respective comps. Of course we are just 4 weeks into the season, so a very long and tough year is still ahead.

This competitiveness is attracting the interest of local press, with the Moonee Valley Weekly doing a feature story and photo gallery on the club. 


Off Field: the club has also been buzzing with activity at a variety of events. With Mental Health very much on the social agenda, we secured former AFL player Heath Black to speak to the playing group. Heath has worked with mental health groups Beyond Blue and Headspace and has a distrubing but uplifting story of his own difficult struggles with deep mental health issues, and how he has managed to cope and rebound. A number of players told us this session was both compelling and very helpful. The Club has staged its Anzac Week, Veterans Challenge Cup and on may 10th our 220 strong sellout Mothers & Ladies Day Lunch. We are also deep into planning this years Past Players Lunch, Club Ball/Cocktail Party and our july Legends Day. We are also very focussed on further expanding the "club network" to the benefit of the club and all our supporters and sponsors. Social media channels are big part of this strategy, and are growing at more than 30% annualised at the club.
We now boast 357 twitter followers, 375 on our weekly sms "Bernards Buzz" list and 906 Facebook Friends. Finally we are in the midst of an update to our 3,000+ strong club database, to further improve communication and engagement with the local community.
The club looks forward to continuing to build on and off field momentum this year, and strongly encourage our club and the wider local community, to support those sponsors who generously support the club.

If you have any feedback, questions or idea's dont hesitate to get in touch.
We look forward to seeing many of you in coming weeks and months at the club, as a big 2014 year rolls on.

Thanks and Regards on behalf of the whole club.

Patrick Crabb